The South Carolina General Assembly has approved legislation creating the Agritourism and Tourist Oriented Directional Signage Program, commonly referred to as the TODS program.
TODS is a program that allows tourism and agritourism-oriented facilities to have directional signing placed in the highway right-of-way. The program is a cooperative effort between the SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT), the SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT) and the SC Department of Agriculture (SCDA). Designed to promote agritourism and tourist-oriented facilities in rural areas, the program provides directional signing from the closest primary route, a designated SC or US route.
The SCDA and the SCPRT are responsible for promoting the program and screening businesses to ensure that they qualify to participate in the program. The screening process is referred to as “pre-approval.” Deadline for the Pre-approval Application submission is October 30, 2013.
Because the backbone of the program revolves around highway signing, the SCDOT is tasked with overseeing the program and maintaining program regulations. The regulations were developed cooperatively by the three agencies and are in compliance with the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Program regulations are available at http://www.scdot.org/doing/agritourism.aspx.
SCDOT’s authorized agent, South Carolina Logos, Inc., is responsible for administering the program and fabricating and installing all program signs. South Carolina Logos, Inc. is the company that currently administers the logo signing program on Interstate routes. Businesses must submit final applications to SCDOT after receiving pre-approval to participate in the program from the Department of Agriculture or Parks, Recreation and Tourism. The final application is to be reviewed and approved or rejected by the TODS program oversight committee as required by section 57-25-8 of the South Carolina Code of laws. SCDOT serves as chair of the oversight committee and forwards all approved applications to South Carolina Logos, Inc. to initiate the program participation process. The application process, as well as program participation fees, is described in more detail in the Frequently Asked Questions.
Pre-approval Application Submission Deadline
October 30, 2013
SC Code of Laws
SC Department of Agriculture
Ansley Rast Turnblad
SC Parks, Recreation, & Tourism
SC Department of Transportation
Director of Traffic Engineering
955 Park Street, Room 501
Columbia, SC 29201